From rock n roll superstar singing to crowds of millions to a humble yogi facilitating group chanting, Franko Heke’s personal journey of transformation is as fascinating as it is inspiring. MUMU was fortunate enough to catch up with Franko and get the downlow on his life and yoga practice.
What’s your all time favourite yoga pose?
My Favourite yoga pose today is Pigeon as it stretches my whole being and I can rest in that pose for an extended period.
How long have you been practicing yoga for?
I received my yoga teachers cert in Rishikesh, India just on a year ago but I was teaching yoga 6 months leading up to that adventure. Still a baby, always a student.
What was life like before you found yoga?
Before I was a yoga teacher I was playing rock’n’roll in bars and causing havoc!
Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
Right now a huge inspiration for me is American Master Chanter, Kristna Das. I love him because I also teach chant & chant as a practice but he is so damn funny and authentic about being completely imperfect. You all need to check out his free audio workshops on Spotify!
What’s been your biggest achievement in life so far?
My biggest achievement in life so far is being a father to the most wonderful little girl and just allowing her to be her amazing self.
And your biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge that I am constantly faced with is ME, myself and I. I can make or break anything depending on my mood and mentality. Getting out of the way of myself is all I try to do…
If you could give some words of wisdom to other young men out there, what would it be?
A spec of wisdom that I could give to another man or man in the making out there would be to always risk being your venerable/imperfect self. We as boys have been raised to believe that being venerable is weak & soft, when it is actually the direct opposite. It is the highest form of strength and a soft heart is a good thing. Amen to that!
Where can we find you these days?
I run a workshop called The Sound of Yoga every Thursday fortnight 7:30pm at Yoga Ground, Grey Lynn. Sunday Fortnight’s at 7pm Soul Centre, Titirangi and every Tuesday 7pm at Mangawhai Osteopathy, Mangawhai. Come and experience that healing power of sacred chant!